British Values

Schools, through their curriculum, are legally bound to actively promote the fundamental British values. We ensure pupils have the opportunity to learn and apply them while they are at Barton Hill Academy.

British values are:

  • Respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process;

  • Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England;

  • Support for equality of opportunity for all;

  • Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law;

  • Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religions and other beliefs.

How can this be done at Barton Hill Academy?

Democracy – what do we do?

  • Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of, and promote respect for, public institutions and services;

  • Teach and model for pupils how they can influence decision-making through the democratic process;

  • Encourage pupils to become involved in decision-making processes and ensure they are listened to in school;

  • Hold elections for school and class councils so pupils learn how to argue and defend points of view;

  • Help pupils to express their views;

  • Model how perceived injustice can be peacefully challenged.

Rule of law – what do we do?

  • Ensure school rules and expectations are clear and fair;

  • Help pupils to distinguish right from wrong;

  • Help pupils to respect the law and the basis on which it is made;

  • Help pupils to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals;

  • Include visits from the police in the curriculum where appropriate;

  • Develop restorative justice approaches to resolve conflicts.

Individual liberty – what do we do?

  • Support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;

  • Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour, as well as knowing their rights;

  • Model freedom of speech through pupil participation, while ensuring protection of vulnerable pupils and promoting critical analysis of evidence;

  • Challenge stereotypes;

  • Implement a strong anti-bullying culture.

Respect and tolerance – what do we do?

  • Promote respect for individual differences;

  • Help pupils to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life;

  • Challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour;

  • Organise visits to places of worship;

  • Develop links with faith communities;

  • Develop critical personal thinking skills;

  • Discuss differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations, such as looked-after children or young carers.